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last updated: 05/18/2009

Hey folks, Jim (Mass Haas) here representing the four Power 50 editors with the comments associated with this month's update. Kris Allen edged out Adam Lambert for the top spot -- um, no wait, what I meant to say was that Mat Gamel was a unanimous choice at # 1 for the first time. We know Mat's going to star in his own version of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" while in Milwaukee, but we're expecting a whole lot of "good", tons of it. Don't look for any movement from last time out until you get all the way to # 10. Boring, you say? Heck no, in fact, we noted amongst ourselves that our individual rankings from 10-50 varied as much as they ever have. When you pop those checks and balances into the patented Power 50 rank-o-meter, you end up with what we hope to be an entertaining compilation. On with the countdown...    
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  Power 50
+/- Rank  Name  Level  Pos  Age 
 01 Gamel, Mat   A   1B 34 L R
  The Brewers' scouting and player development staffs guide another super prospect to Milwaukee -- congrats to the Crew, and of course, to Mat.
 02 Escobar, Alcides   MLB   SS 33 R R
  Alcides will be familiarizing himself with second base, and as Reid Nichols noted, that should take all of about one game for the athletic whiz.
 03 Lawrie, Brett   A   2B 29 R R
  Nothing personal, Appleton fans, but Brett recently indicated he plans on making his TimberRattler stay relatively brief. The Brewers may have other plans for the first-year stud pro.
 04 Jeffress, Jeremy   A   MR 32 R R
  Sent to Brevard for what has been indicated is not a "short-term" stay. Jeremy will be 22 in September, which simply means he's not a Kershaw, a Porcello, or even a Neugebauer. There's reason to be concerned, but don't panic, folks.
 05 Salome, Angel   A   OF 33 R R
  There have been no reports about defensive deficiencies with Angel at AAA, but watching Jason Kendall guide this big league staff really gives one an appreciation of the all-encompassing responsibilities facing Angel down the road.
 06 Lucroy, Jonathan   MLB   C 33 R R
  Jonathan's 20 RBI leads the veteran Stars squad, and while we'd like to see more pop, Lucroy's on target for a fine AA season.
 07 Cain, Lorenzo   MLB   CF 33 R R
  Injured on an outfield dive but avoiding major knee surgery, Lorenzo's first real contributions in Milwaukee have probably been pushed back (pushed ahead?) to 2011 rather than 2010.
 08 Green, Taylor   A   IF 33 L R
  A very welcome return for the kid most commonly referred to as a "baseball player". Very early results indicate that the wrist injury won't effect his extra-base count.
 09 Gindl, Caleb   A   OF 31 L L
  Caleb's pace has slowed, but he's still at .855 for an OPS. It can't be fun for any of the Brevard kids right now when you play two games a week amid the FSL raindrops.
4  10 Braddock, Zach   A   MR 32 L L
  Honest, it's just insane how dominant this 6'4", 230 lb. lefty with ridiculous stuff can be. As long as he's on the mound and not the trainer's room, the sky is the limit.
2  11 Scarpetta, Cody   A   SP 31 R R
  63.1 innings, 96 K's for his pro career thus far. And all with a silky-smooth delivery. Yeah, you can get excited...
1  12 Odorizzi, Jake   MLB   SP 29 R R
  Opening Night for Helena is June 23rd, and Jake should be on the mound raring to go.
3  13 Gillespie, Cole   MLB   LF 35 R R
  It's a bit surprising that Cole's future is debated as vigorously as it is, but that's the case with most steady but not spectacular big league candidates.
1  14 Peralta, Wily   A   SP 30 R R
  It's interesting to consider that prominent young power pitchers like Scarpetta and Peralta are only pitching one level behind Mr. Jeffress. That could give you an indication of where future Power 50 pitcher rankings are headed.
7  15 Anundsen, Evan   A   SP 31 R R
  How long does it take to develop a high school 4th round pick? At one level per full season, Evan will be in year six when he hits AAA in 2011. And he's doing just fine, thank you.
4  16 Brewer, Brent   A   SS 32 R R
  Those nine Arizona Fall League games (three home runs, .300 average) seem oh-so-long-ago. You just can't spin Brent's 2009 numbers in any positive manner at all, other than to say there's still three months of games to play.
1  17 Aguilar, Omar   MLB   CL 34 L R
  Omar may have the most extreme flyball ratio in the system -- he needs to be overpowering, and recent signs are promising he's back on track
 18 Dillard, Tim   A   MR 36 R R
  Tim has allowed but a single home run in his first eight starts (46.2 innings in the homer-happy PCL). Is there a more enjoyable pitch to watch from the dugout than a hard heavy sinker?
9  19 Iribarren, Hernan   MLB   2B 35 L R
  Give the Hurricane credit for generating some high extra-base winds at AAA.
3  20 Schafer, Logan   A   OF 33 L L
  A ten-day DL stint with a tweaked groin was but a mini-interruption in a strong spring for Logan, but we need to see that walk rate increase significantly.
15  21 Cody, Chris   A   SP 35 L L
  A 15-spot Power 50 jump, yet the Commander's fans may contend that may not be enough for the statistical wonder. And you know what, they may be right. Consistently magnificent, perhaps no farmhand intrigues more in terms of stuff vs. big league potential.
2  22 Nieves, Efrain   A   SP 30 L L
  Opponents are hitting the southpaw at a .289 clip, and .353 with men on base. A work in progress, and we may have to temper some of the early enthusiasm.
2  23 Dykstra, Cutter   MLB   3B 30 R R
  Hopefully the comfort factor of moving to second base will help young Cutter with his offensive game as well.
7  24 Periard, Alex   A   SP 32 L R
  Considering he's on the 40-man roster, it shouldn't be too difficult to get a shoulder status update from Gord Ash. Twitter away, Gord, Brewerfan demands it.
1  25 Frederickson, Evan   A   MR 33 L L
  Let's see -- pro numbers thus far: 59.1 innings, 56 walks, 67 K's. The Scott Linebrink deal netted Frederickson and Dykstra, do you think our patience will be tried the next several years?
3  26 Haydel, Lee   A   OF 32 L R
  Five walks in 139 AB's doesn't cut it, but Lee has posted fine numbers otherwise. He seems like he's got David Krynzel skills, minus the first round burden by 18 additional rounds.
5  27 Rivas, Amaury   A   SP 34 R R
  Amaury is maintaining his nice career control numbers, while also limiting hitters to a .185 average. Always take into account Florida State League numbers, but Rivas certainly isn't disappointing.
3  28 Komatsu, Erik   A   OF 32 L L
  While you're at it, Gord, please tell us exactly what ails Erik, and tell us his season won't be limited to one game.
3  29 Lintz, Seth   A   SP 29 R R
  Unless you've been among the half a dozen people taking in Maryvale preseason games, then you're with us, basing any ranking at all on 2008's 2nd round draft slot.
4  30 Swindle, R.J.   MLB   MR 36 L L
  Other than Mat Gamel, no farmhand is primed to help out the big league club more in 2009 than the scintillatingly soft Swindle.
1  31 Green, Nick   A   MR 35 R R
  The long ball's (eight allowed) been a problem, but when you walk as few (also eight) as Nick does, a lot of those dingers will be solo shots. If not a steal as a waiver claim, then at the minimum a very worthwhile pickup.
1  32 Adams, Cody   A   SP 33 R R
  More should be expected from 2nd round college pitchers than what Cody has shown thus far. It's time to start getting our attention, young man.
6  33 McGehee, Casey   MLB   3B 37 R R
  Media guide says Casey would have been a weatherman if not a baseabll player. But doesn't the Miller Park roof negate half that value?
11  34 Wooten, Rob   A   MR 34 R R
  The exact moment the Manatees clinch the first-half title, Rob will be Huntsville-bound. It's the Brewers' M.O., we've seen it for years. One of the big stories of the first two months, to be sure. An 11-spot bump-up for Rob...
2  35 Wright, Chase   A   SP 36 L L
  Sixteen walks in his last four starts -- ugh. Should a 40-man roster spot be needed down the road, this would be one place to look.
5  36 Farris, Eric   A   2B 33 R R
  19-for-19 in stolen base attempts; hey, you never know when the Brewers will plug in a Mel Stocker-type just for September...
2  37 Koshansky, Joe   A   1B 37 L L
  Big Joe turns 27 this week, so this will be his Power 50 swan song. As long as you're on the 40-man, you're relevant, so we'll see what the future holds.
3  38 Errecart, Chris   A   1B 34 R L
  24-year-old first basemen who get demoted to high-A aren't prime candidates for a Power 50 return next time out.
6  39 Zarraga, Shawn   MLB   C 30 S R
  Maybe the Brewers should have found some time in Helena last season for Shawn, instead of baking the entire summer away in Maryvale. His introduction to the Midwest League has been rough in very sporadic appearances.
6  40 Rogers, Mark   A   SP 33 R R
  At some point in his pro career, you will not see the words "in the process of stretching him out" associated with Mark. Just not sure if that will be in 2013 or 2014.
new  41 Mercedes, Roque   A   SP 33 R R
  Teaming up with Rob Wooten for some serious back-end of the bullpen production. Looks like Roque has finally found his niche.
 42 Hand, Donovan   A   MR 33 R R
  Donovan has to be careful -- you don't want to be pigeonholed as a middle reliever too early in your career, but admittedly all his peripherals look fine in the small sample of '09, after some really bleak figures were posted while starting with the Stars last year.
new  43 Corporan, Carlos   A   C 35 S R
  Congratulations to Carlos on his big league stint and that 1.000 batting average.
4  44 Bramhall, Bobby   A   MR 34 L L
  Right now Bobby is realizing what they say is true -- the jump to AA is the toughest.
1  45 Seidel, R.J.   A   MR 32 R R
  Hopefully the torn knee ligaments are on their way back to health. No ice to slip on in Maryvale during rehab...
new  46 Kjeldgaard, Brock   A   OF 33 R R
  Tied for 4th in the Midwest League with his seven home runs, the former pitcher is also taking his walks.
1  47 Wilson, Steffan   A   IF 33 R R
  Decent numbers thus far, but just two doubles? This Harvard grad needs to find more of those outfield gaps to jump higher here.
new  48 Wheeler, Zelous   MLB   IF 32 R R
  The Brewer front office types always work Zelous' name into the mix when discussing the positives within the organization.
11  49 Trejo, Edgar   MLB   3B 30 R R
  Would have loved to have seen where Edgar would be developmentally today if he hadn't blown the knee out early last year. Still, an intriguing prospect...
new  50 Meadows, Daniel   A   MR 32 L L
  A very deserving Power 50 debut for the big 49th round lefty who spurned Texas Tech for the Crew. See, Evan Frederickson, this is how you do it.

Players removed this week: Blake Billings... Brendan Katin... Brad Nelson... Mike Ramlow... David Welch...

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